2010-01-29 / Columnists

Broad Channel Bits

By Liz Guarino

Nice sunny and relatively warm days have been with us of late, but cooler temperatures and possibly snow are headed this way. Not to worry about that last item. We all know that the expected weather may not materialize in our area. A lot can happen between the extended forecast and looking out the window on a specific day almost a week later!

Broad Channel Athletic Club/ Jamaica Bay Little League will hold 2010 registration for Baseball, Softball and T-Ball on Friday, January 28 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; on Saturday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; on Friday, February 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the meeting room in St. Virgilius School building, entrance to room is in separate section of building on Church Road.

Registration fees are as follows: CYO/Baseball and Softball is $125 per child; Instructional and TBall is $65 per child. Discounts for families with three or more children will be given. The first two children are regular price. Children joining CYO Program must have been born in 2002 or earlier while the In-House Program is for age 3 and older; children must be 3 by May 1, 2010. Please pay with checks or money orders only. Cash will not be accepted. For additional information, please visit the website at WWW.BCAC.COM

In the visitor center in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is the exhibit, Blue Shadows. About 50 of Jeffrey Rabkin’s exhibited haiku poems center around the topic of the winter and cold weather and are hanging in the gallery there. The exhibit will run through Sunday, February 28.

Christ Presbyterian Church will start their Bingo Games later this month. Bingo will take place in the church hall on Thursday nights, February 4 and February 18. Doors open at 6 p.m.; Early Bird is at 6:30 p.m.; Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Coffee, tea and cake will be served. Donation is $5. Bingo will be cancelled if the weather is inclement — “we will get the word out.”

Take a frosty morning stroll in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the East Pond Trail while exploring some of the poems of Robert Frost. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

On Sunday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day) do something really different. Bring that special someone to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to noon for a walk around the ponds to look for wintering ducks and other wildlife with naturalist Don Riepe. Sign up at 718-318-4340.

On Saturday, February 27 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, enjoy a short indoor presentation and then head outdoors for a stroll to the West Pond in the Winter Waterfowl Walk. Bring binoculars or a scope if you have one. Dress for the outdoors. Sign up at 718-318- 4340.

Christ Presbyterian Church welcomes you to its Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the church hall. Adults cost $7; children under 12 are $3. All are welcome. For deliveries, call 718-945-3443 on February 16 between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Here’s a special treat for those who enjoy music — and who doesn’t!? Of course, you need to be online or have access to the Internet. (This show might not be appreciated in the library unless there are earphones connected to the PC or available for use with it or if the library is empty!

Seriously, Carol, the librarian loves kids and will enjoy being made aware of this local talent and terrific resource.) Go to youtube. (On it you will find a great slideshow and music to match.) Type the silly dilly band, happy train into the search box. Make it full screen to enjoy the slideshow, sit back, relax — and enjoy the show. The Silly Dilly Band is a local group that is somewhat new on the music scene and great fun too, especially for the younger set who enjoy moving around and shaking their booties – and everything else — to the catchy music. The group has performed in Fort Tilden and elsewhere at child oriented venues. Of course, the grownups enjoyed the music, costumes, stories in the songs and the antics, too. At least one of the group members is from The Channel —- who is that person or is there more than one person? Happy hunting! Don’t forget — enjoy the show. When you’re done watching it (one of our neighbors saw it three times), you might want to visit the website www.thesillydillyband.com On the site, the group has made available a free download of a recently recorded song. Enjoy it a lot — the children will be thrilled with it!

Take part in fun at a nearby national park; children ages 7 to 12 can enjoy activities in Gateway’s new program, “Junior Rangers,” at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, (or Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Tilden or Jacob Riis Park) by picking up a booklet in the visitor center and doing the activities in it. All junior ranger candidates will receive a junior ranger badge and a certificate for each site completed. Candidates who complete all four sites will get a junior ranger patch.

The library continues to bring us the latest in electronic gadgets and gizmos. Wi-fi is wireless access to the Internet. People who own laptop computers can bring them to the library and enjoy wireless Internet without hooking up to anything. First, you need a laptop or notebook computer. Next, you need a library card and a Personal Identification Number or PIN. Your computer needs to be equipped with a wireless interface. Enjoy surfing the ‘net!

Please send material to be published in the column by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. of the week before it is to appear. Thank you.

Email can be sent to: Lizbcbits@aol.com

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